Increasing Sustainability in the Los Angeles Region

Washington, D.C. – February 26, 2020- Throughout 2020, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in Washington, D.C., is partnering with the United States Green Building Council of Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) to focus on making infrastructure projects in the LA region more sustainable and resilient.

USGBC-LA and ISI will be training infrastructure stakeholders and citizens on the Envision framework—a holistic rating system and tool that helps teams incorporate sustainability and resiliency into their projects.

Envision training creates a pathway to sustainable infrastructure and helps communities and project teams verify that they are doing the right projects the right way. Anyone can use Envision, but those interested in expert training can qualify to become Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) through online courses by completing an in-person workshop provided by USGBC-LA’s talent portal, which is located on their website: https://usgbc-la.org/

ISI’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Kane, is proud to be partnering with USGBC-LA to help the LA region use Envision to meet future challenges: “The LA region has always been on the forefront of sustainability, and they understand the value of sustainability to the local economy, the environment, and quality of life in the region. That is why we are excited to add our support to the incredible work already being done to make the Los Angeles region a hub for sustainable infrastructure.”

USGBC-LA’s Executive Director, Ben Stapleton, also added: “Buildings and infrastructure should go hand and hand as we work together to create a more sustainable society in this decade of action. We’re excited about the opportunity to bring a common language and shared process around sustainable infrastructure, needed now more than ever, to the largest green building chapter in the nation.”

The Envision sustainable infrastructure framework assesses project sustainability across five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Resilience. These key areas contribute to positive social, economic, and environmental impacts on a community during the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects.

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About Envision®: Envision is the product of a collaboration between ISI, which was founded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Visit us: www.sustainableinfrastructure.org.

Media Contact: For inquiries related to ISI, Envision, or the Envision training and verification process, contact: ISI’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Dyan Lee, at lee@sustainableinfrastructure.org